Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So, we had a party tonight!

I was serious when I said this is a huge deal that "we made it" a year living off-the grid! These children were surprised when momma came home tonight with a special cake. Poppa was surprised too. I could have made it, but then it wouldn't have been a surprise. They didn't know what to think of a store bought cake like this, all fancy and all! It was fun! We all got in on the song of "Happy Birthday" but some of the children (as you can see) just weren't as excited as I was :). They have been feeling a touch under the weather and I think that it may have had something to do with it or that they think mom is very weird at times. I choose to go with the 1st idea and you should too! :) (notice in the photo above that baby girl is pulling big baby boy's hair... I will not show you the photo after this one for that reason as the family party went SOUTH, FAST!)

Hey, life is short and it can be fun to make a party for just about anything and this is the first time I did something like this, make a big-to-do out of something and it ended up being a lot of fun.
The cake tasted ok... The little Grandma's handwriting on the cake was interesting also. We enjoyed it after a big meal of garden organic brussel sprouts, pickles and Amish noodles with BUTTER!


A Country Homemaker said...

I just want to congratulate and commend you all! I am so thrilled for you and you have been such an inspiration to me as I have shared with you by personal email already! God's continued blessings to you all! In Christ's Love ~ Carrie

Ellen said...

Congratulations, great to see the fun!

Here's to many more years off-grid!

blessings, Ellen

Stephanie said...

Fabulous!! Congratulations on the 1 yr Anniversary!

Looks like everyone had fun, and I can almost taste those brussel sprouts (mmmmmmmm).

More than Survival said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
Your story has given me so much to think about..... It challenges me to look closer at my life. I know that nothing is perfect, but we can make more changes.

Amy said...

I love your blog! My husband and I have talked about coming to stay in that little cottage of yours for a weekend. We're from Louisiana, and have talked and dreamed of doing what you're doing for a long time. You're "accent" is so different from our southern way of talking. Love it! I think we would have a good time listening to one another speak! :)

Alice said...

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear farmmmm, happy birthday to you!

With love and many, many more!

and family

Captain's Wife - Jennifer said... wonderful! Congratulations!!! Your family is beautiful. :)

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

WooHOo, congratulations! You didn't have any doubt you would make did you? I knew from the beginning this was going to be awesome!! ;-)

You guys are a blessing, loved the party idea.

Anonymous said...

What a great reason to celebrate!! One year off Grid IS a big deal and I commend you and your family!! I know your family must be an instiration to many who would like to live that way and hopefully this will push them to do so. Congratulations Maple Vally Farm!!!...debbie

All Natural Mama said...

Poor woman must have really been shaking when she wrote those letters in icing, lol.
Congrats, though!

Rhonda Jean said...

Hi Ang. It seems to me that I have been reading your blog for more than a year. Maybe it's that I feel we are friends and not just blogging sisters.

Congratulations on your milestone, I wish you well on your Cheesemaking and well done on having such a lovely family.

I'm going to sponsor you in my own way and put you on my blogroll. :- )

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

This is the 'Happy Birthday' song they used to sing to the children in the church we used to attend when we lived in NZ... it seemed appropriate to send it to you and your lovely family... her goes
'A Happy Birthday to You'
'A Happy Birthday to You'
'May Jesus be near
Every day of the year'
'A Happy Birthday to You'
'A Happy Birthday to You'
'The best one you ever had'
My children think I am now the crazy woman who sings comments to fellow bloggers! So pleased you cannot hear me! It has a different tune to the usual Happy birthday.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

are amish noodles any different than english noodles??? not sure i know what they are!
regardless....the happiest of birthdays to all of you!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

This prego could go for some Amish Noodles with butter that is for sure!
You look great. Love the makeup:)
The cake? Not so much...LOL - I am sure, even off grid you could have made a prettier one but then, like you said, I bet you really surprised the kids!
Come on, where's the drama? I wanted to see the kids melting down! Miss you!

PS - The sight of your big family warms my heart. And I NEVER doubted you could fulfill this dream!!!!

Renata said...

Congratulations on your first year - you've done so much in the year!

Sarah Sanders said...

Oh my goodness!!!!!! Ang, you have NO idea how much you MADE MY DAY!!! I just happened to click on your link in my "favorites" menu and when I saw that you ARE BLOGGING AGAIN I got this huge smile on my face and was almost giddy with excitement!!! I has so LOVED reading your blog and the last I had read you were going to dicontinue blogging (and I was SO sad about it - though I understood) - but now YOU'RE BACK!!!! I'm SO THRILLED!!!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU for letting us back into your life! Since I last read your blog a couple months ago we have since put our house up for sale and are praying that God allows it to sell so we can move to the country. Thanks for being an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!! So glad you're back!!! I've caught up on what I've missed and will look forward to stopping by here every day to see if you've posted any updates!
Wishing you our Father's richest blessings!
And congrats on your 1 year off-grid anniversary - that's a huge reason to celebrate!!!!

Marci said...

Congratulations!!! What does the fan in the right of the picture run on? They have so many items you can use now days. I was just curious.

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